Mates & Dates: A Healthy Relationships Programme for Years 9 to 13 in Canterbury

Sophie Bailey, Facilitator, Empowerment Trust, Christchurch.

Heard about Mates & Dates in Christchurch and want to know more? Come along to this workshop for all the details! Mates and Dates is a healthy relationships programme for secondary school students. It’s designed to help prevent sexual and dating violence by teaching young people relationship skills and behaviours to carry with them throughout their lives. It’s about all kinds of relationships, including friends and family. Mates & Dates is a multi-year programme that is taught to years 9 to 13 in one 50-minute session each week for five weeks. Each year’s content is appropriate for that age group and is taught by specialist facilitators. Mates & Dates has been developed by ACC, with Empowerment Trust holding the contract for delivery in Christchurch, Auckland and Tasman.

Hamish Keown